There are the right lawyers, and there are those who pretend to be the right lawyers. If you are looking for a California lawyer, there is a hierarchy of things you should do to find the right lawyer for your matter. First, identify the type of lawyer you need, and the locality where you nee
d that lawyer. If you had an injury accident in the Inland Empire, find an experienced Inland Empire personal injury lawyer. Maybe you are dealing with a divorce, a breach of business contract or a probate matter, then locate a lawyer close to you who specifically works in your area of need. A local divorce attorney for a divorce, a nearby business litigation lawyer for a breach of contract, etc.
Next research lawyer web sites and their online presence. Read as much as is provided by the lawyers’ websites. Educate yourself from these websites. Ask yourself, is this attorney interested in me and my education, or is he/she more about self glory. Watch any available videos the lawyer has. Ask yourself, is this the person you would like standing by you advocating your case before a jury? If yes, keep him/her on your list. If no, drop them.
Once you have identified several possible candidates, check with the California State Bar website, www.calbar.ca.gov to make sure they are active with the State Bar and to see if they have any history of violations. Eliminate those who concern you.
Finally, visit their office to meet the lawyer or his/her staff. It is important you go to their office for the interview. You want to make sure they appear stable and will be around when you need them the most. During the interview, was your confidence raised by them? Were all questions answered? Did they seem to understand your needs? Did you feel comfortable with trusting your legal matter to them? Is the agreement fair and reasonable? If the answer to these questions are “yes,” and you are ready to start, hire that lawyer and trust you will be properly represented.